Dr J. R. Carpenter

Dr J. R. Carpenter


I joined University of Leeds in January 2024. I have a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University in Montreal (1995). I worked in artist-run culture for many years. From 2006-2010 I was President of the Board of Directors of Oboro, and artist-run centre and media lab in Montreal. From 2010-2014 I was faculty mentor for In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge, an experimental writing residency program at The Banff Centre. In 2015 I was awarded a PhD in Performance Writing from University of the Arts London. I have since been awarded Visiting Fellowships at The Moore Institute at NUI Galway (2019) and the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library (2021). I have been Writer in Residence at Ucross, Yaddo, The Vermont Studio Centre, The Banff Centre, Dartington College of Art, LICA Lancaster, University of Alberta, and University of York. From 2022-2023 I was a Research Fellow at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, working on the AHRC & DFG funded project Weather Reports – Wind as Model, Media, and Experience. 

Research interests

I am an artist, writer, lecturer, and practice-led researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Questions of place, displacement, migration, scientific colonialism, and climate crisis pervade my work.

My most recent poetry collection, Le plaisir de la côte / The Pleasure of the Coast, revels in the sketchy subjectivities lurking beneath the smooth surface of the science of imperial measurement, blurring colonial boundaries by calling attention to the messy moments and methods in which they were drawn. https://www.pamenarpress.com/product-page/le-plaisir-de-la-c%C3%B4te-the-pleasure-of-the-coast 

My previous collection, This is a Picture of Wind, grapples with the paradox presented by attempts to evoke through the materiality of language a force such as wind which we can only perceive indirectly through its affect. This is a Picture of Wind | Longbarrow Press

From 2022-203 I was a Research Fellow at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, working on the AHRC & DFG funded project Weather Reports – Wind as Model, Media, and Experience. This project investigates the nature of wind as model, media, and experience, triangulating embodied experience, data practices, and aesthetic production. Our aim is to contribute to a better understanding of what changes with climate change through the medium of wind, drawing on research from across the Environmental Humanities and Media Studies. Weather Reports (winds.report)

In 2022 I was Writer in Residence with Street Life, a public-facing project led by University of York, researching historic Coney Street. In this role, I write and letterpress printed a limited edition portfolio called Coney Street Life: A History of Right Now. Coney Street Life: A History of Right Now | StreetLife York

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • ASLE
  • a-n
  • Electronic Literature Organization

Student education

I teach across English, Creative Writing, and Workshop Theatre.